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Baileyville Mill Workers on Verge of Strike Vote, Project Union “Bat Light” on Mill

Andy O’Brien
18 Nov, 2022
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Workers at the Woodland Pulp mill in Baileyville are demanding that the company present a contract offer that provides high enough wage increases to keep up with the cost of living. Members of USW Local 27 are projecting the union’s “Bat Light” on the side of the tissue machines at the mill on Thursday and Friday with the message: “Essential Workers Deserve a Fair Contract.” Union members are scheduled to take a vote on whether to strike or accept the company’s final after their bargaining session with the company on November 28.

“Whenever there was trouble in Gotham City, they would project the bat signal on a building to summon Batman. The USW Bat Light signals that 1.2 million members of the United Steelworkers have the workers' backs if they decide to strike,” said USW staff representative Mike Higgins.

 “USW 27 members worked very hard through the pandemic to produce essential products for the American people. Unfortunately, the company has refused to present an offer that respects their hard work and dedication. With record-high inflation, essential workers deserve wages that keep up with the rising cost of living. We strongly urge the company to present a fair contract to avoid a potential strike.”